Why study here?

The Social Anthropology department is one of the largest in Britain and has an outstanding reputation for teaching and research.

  • We are strongly committed to teaching and the student experience, as indicated by our high scores of 97% satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019.
  • In the results of REF2014 Social Anthropology was ranked second, based on Grade Point Average (within the combined Anthropology and Development Studies assessment panel) and is now first among Social Anthropology Departments.
  • We are placed fifth in the UK for anthropology in the QS University World Rankings 2019. 

Our strength is based upon the diversity of specific regional and theoretical interests of individual members of staff. You’ll be working with experts in their fields who share key research strength in areas such as poverty, race, inequality, science and genetics, the state and international development, kinship, knowledge and skills and materiality.

Digital opportunities

Visual anthropologists use film as a research tool and a way of sharing their research findings, often with the communities that they film. Ethnographic film refers to the kinds of films made by anthropologists.

As an undergraduate student with an interest in film and visual media, you will have opportunities to take courses in digital film making and the history of ethnographic film and documentary as well as having access to one of the largest ethnographic film libraries in Europe.

As a student studying for a master's in Visual Anthropology (MAVA), you will get a chance, through our courses and programmes, to work with sound, video and film equipment in our editing suites and have the unique opportunity to make your own films.

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